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2019年 03月 18日

32. Escape from the Crisis (1)

  Japanese edition


The Buddhist priests of the black robe sat in a circle at the Gokurakuji.

They cross their arm, everybody looks up with hard eyes and they observe the circumstances of the neighbor Buddhist priest and are restless.

The door opened violently, and Ryoukan appeared. He was eccentric for anger and despair.

“Nichiren is living, why?”.

"Just before he would be beheaded, it is said a shiner appeared, and it is said that a sword had been broken".

Nembutsu monk says direfully.

"Isn't that a shiner of ghost perhaps?".

Another priest participates in a talk.

"Go on with you! The sword should be not broken by the ghost's shiner".

The priests have begun to get absorbed in the topic of the shiner of Nichiren.

Ryoukan disturbed them.

“All of you must not be joking now! If Nichiren is living, we are ruin. If the plan which we trapped Nichiren income to light, it is us who are blamed.

Ryoukan bites lips.

“We must resort to drastic measures under exceptional circumstances. We cannot keep Nichiren alive even somehow or other”.

That Nichiren exists is dangerous itself for Ryoukan.

Get-go, Ryoukan tried to kill Nichiren by a intrigue. Commander is Yoritsuna Tairano. It should have certainly succeeded. However, it had come to a deadlock by an unexpected situation.

Nichiren is living. It is certain that Ryoukan is aimed next time. He must let Nichiren fail somehow or other.

Ryoukan died at 87 years old 32 years after this occurrence.

He gained success to some extent, and he left the name for the history, but it seemed that the defeat in the prayers for rain against Nichiren had been seeming to be tormented by a humiliation for life.

He is ordered to pray for rain from the Shogunate after this too and makes a prayer. Because he is receiving protection of the state power, he cannot decline it. Though wearing the clothes of the clergyman, for him, it seemed that was harder than anything. Bringing rain is just, but he loses the trust of the people if it does not rain. He flattered state power and got fame, but it was adjoining to be booed and jeered. He perhaps suffered than the dying.

He was tormented to praying for rain in his last years and passed away. Professor Matsuo comments.

‘“In the first year of Kagen era (1303) when he was 87 years old, a drought continued day after day, and the trees and plants continued dying. Therefore, Ryoukan granted the purification ceremony to more than thirty thousand people and copied the Great Hannya Sutra, but even one drop of rain did not fall. He prayed to the dragon god five days later and he wanted to bring rain even if it cost his own life. Then a small snake appeared, and it is said that it brought about a blessing of rain’. It is not obvious where the dragon god was, but, in "the picture of Gokurakuji," a pond praying for rain is portrayed on the south side, and a dragon that flies is portrayed on the west. It is guessed that this was a dragon enshrined in such a place. As a result, he got sick in June 23 of the first year in Kagen era (1303), and he prostrated himself on the floor and died on July 12 in spite of eager treatment”.


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2019年 03月 18日

Gosho 撰時抄 Selection of Times

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立正安国論」 The treatise of establishing the correct teachings forthe safety of the nation’.


()に三度のかう()()うあり

Three times now I have gained distinction by having such knowledge.

I [Nichiren] have gained renown through the following three remonstrations.

I, Nichiren, have gained three renown.

(ひとつ)には(いに)し文応元年太歳庚申(かのえさる)七月十六日に立正安国論を最明寺殿に奏したてまつりし時、宿谷(やどや)の入道に向つて云く、禅宗と念仏宗とを失い給うべしと申させ給へ

The first time was the first year of the Bunnō era (1260), cyclical sign kanoe-saru, on the sixteenth day of the seventh month, when I presented my On Establishing the Correct teaching for the Peace of the Land to His Lordship, the lay priest of Saimyō-ji, by way of the lay priest Yadoya Mitsunori. At that time, I said to the lay priest Yadoya, “Please advise His Lordship that devotion to the Zen school and the Nembutsu school should be abandoned.

The first remonstration was made on the sixteenth day of the seventh month in the first year of Bunnō1260, when I submitted the Risshō ankoku-ron to Lord Saimyōji [by way of Yadoya nyūdō]. I said to Yadoya nyūdō, Please convey my message to Hōjō Tokiyori that he must renounce the Zen and Nembutsu sects.

The first time was on the sixteenth day of July of the first year of the Bunno era (1260). That day I offered 'the treatise of establishing the correct teachings for the safety of the nation' to the ruler, the lay priest of Saimyoji, and I said to the intermediary lay priest Yadoya that “Please advise that the Zen sect and the Nembutsu sect should be abandoned".

此の事を御用いなきならば、此の一門より事をこりて他国にせめられさせ給うべし、

If this advice is not heeded, trouble will break out within the ruling clan, and the nation will be attacked by another country”.

If this warning is not heeded, a revolt within the Hōjō clan will break out, and the country will be invaded by foreign nations”.

If this warning is not adopted, a revolt within the Hojo clan will break out and will be invaded by foreign nation”.


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